This is a discussion on COURT ROOM COMBAT: Semper Fi! within the Law Enforcement, Military & Homeland Security Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Courtroom combat - Semper Fi ! The U.S. justice system should not tolerate even minor assaults on military personnel. In the case of an Illinois ...
Courtroom combat - Semper Fi !
The U.S. justice system should not tolerate even minor assaults on
military personnel. In the case of an Illinois Marine, we're glad to
see the system work, even if it took an Internet-generated push.
Thanks to a few Marines, both active-duty and retired, the story ends
On Dec. 1, Chicago lawyer Jay Grodner took offense at "Semper Fi"
Marine Corps license plates on a black BMW. So the anti-war activist
keyed the car.
The car's owner, Marine Sgt. Michael McNulty, saw him do it and had him arrested.
The police wanted to charge Grodner with a misdemeanor. McNulty held out for a felony charge, which the damage warranted. The prosecutor felt it was a minor case and urged the parties to make a deal, but neither was inclined to do so.
Complicating matters was the fact that McNulty was en route to Camp Pendleton for his second deployment to Iraq. He was slated to report Jan. 2. The case was set for Dec. 31.
At this point, a military-affairs blogger, BLACKFIVE, posted the story.
A BlackFive reader attended the Dec. 31 hearing and reported a crowd in the courtroom supporting McNulty, along with a new prosecutor:
Patrick Kelley, USMC 1969-72.
Grodner also had the misfortune of having his case assigned to Judge William O'Malley, USMC 1961-64.
The case was resolved Monday when Grodner pleaded guilty. The judge couldn't resist a little lecture.
From the transcript:
"You probably also wondered why there was a whole crowd of people here today, Mr. Grodner....
That's because there is a little principle that the Marine Corps has and has had since 1775, when they had fought and lost their lives so that people like you could enjoy the freedom of this country; and that is a little proverb that we follow, that no Marine is left behind.
"So, Sgt. McNulty couldn't be here, but other Marines showed in his
stead. Take him away."
Grodner will do community service, spend a year on probation, pay
restitution and then, if his promise to a newspaper columnist can be
believed, move to France.
To the online Marine community, congratulations on a gratifying
And to Sgt. McNulty, come home safe.
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That just about brings a tear. Awesome.
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I doubt if Grodner knows why there is a France to go to.
"Just blame Sixto"
How about revoking this turd's license to practice law while we're at it?
A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands - love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper - his hands remember the rifle.
And this... oh shoot, can't say that here... lawyer practices law, yet keys a Marine's car?
I hope that slimeball reaps what he sows 10-fold.
Haha, awesome story.
Scumbag got what he deserved.
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Well Grodner..."C'est la Vie"
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